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Royal Portrush Golf Club

PORTRUSH, CO. ANTRIM, NORTHERN IRELAND

ROYAL PORTRUSH DUNLUCE COURSE 13TH HOLE, 'SKERRIES', PAR 4, 384 YARDS, #6 HANDICAP
Photo courtesy Royal Portrush Golf Club

Royal Portrush's Dunluce Course is #3 on Golf Digest Ireland's Top 100 Irish Courses.

ROYAL PORTRUSH Golf Club  A world-famous classic Irish links with two 18-hole courses, Royal Portrush combines a unique golf history, a remarkably rugged true links course topography, a dramatic setting on Northern Ireland's Causeway Coast, and a tradition of fine hospitality to create a brand that draws aficionados from around the world to play the Dunluce Course, one of the shrines of golf. Held in such veneration is Royal Portrush's Dunluce Course that it continually ranks high on lists of top courses. Golf Digest's list of Top 100 Courses Outside of the USA ranks the Dunluce Course at #13. Golf Digest Ireland's list of Top 100 Irish Courses ranks the Dunluce Course at #3 in Ireland.

 

 

T

HE DUNLUCE COURSE AT ROYAL PORTRUSH traces the Antrim Coast of

Northern Ireland just three miles southwest of the hexagonal basalt geological curiosity called The Giant's Causeway. Together, it can be argued, the two neighboring sites comprise the dual great international attractions of Northern Ireland. The Giant's Causeway — a nearly unique geography effused with

mystery and legend — is listed among the planet's natural wonders on UNESCO's World Heritage Site list. The 18-hole championship Dunluce Course at Royal Portrush Golf Club — a nearly unique geography effused with history and legend — is perennially rated in the top 20 courses in the world outside of the USA, and one of the top five golf courses in Ireland, a land dense with many of the great seaside links courses in the world. Like The Giant's Causeway, which suggests a former solid connection to Scotland, a mere 13 miles northeast across the Irish Sea, Royal Portrush seems cut off from its former Scottish-British connections. Founded in 1888, the club became Royal four years later when Britain's Duke of York (later the Prince of Wales, and eventually King George V) became patron of the club. Over the years the club continued to have associations with its neighbors across the Irish Sea. England's great golf course architect, Harry S. Colt, was brought to Portrush to design a new Dunluce Course in 1929. Although it has undergone alterations in the more than 80 years since Colt created his 18 holes at Dunluce, the course remains one of his masterpieces. Doubtless, the Dunluce Course's greatest association with Britain dates to 1951, when, for the first and only time, the (British) Open Championship was held away from the island of Britain, and Royal Portrush gained a unique place in the history of golf.

 


 

ROYAL PORTRUSH Golf Club

 

ROYAL PORTRUSH DUNLUCE COURSE 15TH HOLE, 'PURGATORY', PAR 4, 365 YARDS, #12 HANDICAP
Photo courtesy Royal Portrush Golf Club

LOCATION:
Royal Portrush Golf club

dunluce road
Portrush, County Antrim
BT56 8JQ Northern Ireland
Tel:
+44 (0)28 7082 2311
Fax:
+44 (0)28 7082 3139
E-mail: info@royalportrushgolfclub.com

WEBSITE

Visitors Welcome:

Playing at the Dunluce Course of Royal Portrush Golf Club is restricted to male golfers with handicaps of 18 or lower and women with handicaps of 24 or lower. Certificate of handicap certification and a letter of introduction proving each visitor's home club membership is required.

Advance tee times required. Visitors restricted to specific times each day — see website.

Courses Open & Playable Year Round.

LENGTH & PAR: Dunluce Course - 18 Holes, Par 72/75
Blue Tees: 7,143 yards, Par 72, SSS 73
White Tees: 6,641 yards, Par 72, SSS 73
Green Tees: 6,422 yards, Par 72, SSS 72
Red Ladies' Tees: 6,396 yards, Par 75

LENGTH & PAR: Valley Course - 18 Holes, Par 70/72
White Tees: 6,304 yards, Par 70, SSS 70
Green Tees: 6,054 yards, Par 70
Red Ladies' Tees: 5,548 yards, Par 72

GREENS FEES per person per round:

MAY through SEPTEMber:
18-Hole Championship Dunluce Course: Mo-Fr: £155; Sa-Su: £175.
18-Hole Valley Course: Mo-Fr: £42.50; Sa-Su: £55.

april & OCTOber:
18-Hole Championship Dunluce Course: Mo-Fr:
£75.
18-Hole Valley Course: Mo-Fr: £42.50; Sa-Su: £55.

NOVEMber THROUGH MARCH:
18-Hole Championship Dunluce Course: Su-Fr:
£60.
18-Hole Valley Course: Daily: £25.
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FACILITIES:
Golf Cart (Buggy):
none. Portrush is a classic links, traditionally for walkers.
Pull Cart (Trolley):
Yes — electric (£10) & manual (£4).
Club Rental:
Yes — Taylor Made clubs from £25-£35.
Caddies available:
Inquire with your booking request in advance of play.
Practice Area including Putting Green.
Clubhouse with Restaurant & Bar.
Visitors' changing facilities.
Pro Shop.

BOOKING OF TEE TIMES (required in advance):

A £50/person non-refundable deposit is required to confirm tee-time
reservations. Once paid, booking fees are non-refundable.

• Full payment of greens fee is required within two months of play.

Phone Reservations: +44 (0)28 7082 2311

• E-mail Reservations: info@royalportrushgolfclub.com

Reservations ON-LINE

Let HOME AT FIRST make your tee-time reservations at Royal Portrush Golf Club as part of your trip to Northern Ireland. There is no service fee for this service!

DIRECTIONS: The club is along the north (sea) side of the A2 (Bushmills Rd) one mile east of Portrush town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

NEAREST HOME AT FIRST LODGINGS: Home At First offers a full-featured fly/drive travel program to County Antrim in Northern Ireland using cottages and apartments in Portrush town and along the Antrim Coast. The nearest Home At First In Portrush, Co. Antrim, NORTHERN Ireland are just a few minutes west of the two Royal Portrush courses. Other Home At First Northern Ireland lodgings are 60-90 minutes east of Portrush.

OTHER REGIONAL COURSES OF NOTE: very near Portrush are:

Portstewart Golf Club: Three courses, including The Strand, another excellent championship true links, 4 miles west of Portrush at the seaside town of Portstewart, County Londonderry.

Castlerock Golf Club: Two courses, including the challenging Mussenden Course, a classic links set among high dunes just 20 minutes from Portrush 5 miles NW of the town of Coleraine.


 

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OYAL PORTRUSH: The world has been coming to the Antrim coast of Northern Ireland for a couple of centuries now to see the natural

wonder known as the Giant’s Causeway.

Mythology tells us the Giant’s Causeway, was

a connection between Antrim and Scotland used by giants of both lands. Maybe there’s something to this legend. The Giant’s Causeway connects two great golfing countries. On both sides of its span, great golf courses have attracted the giants of the sport.

          It’s not the basalt hexagonal rock columns of the Giant’s Causeway that dominate the Antrim coast. The scalloped coast flares in and out in a series of inlets, coves, and headlands. It also thrusts upwards from its sandy and rocky beaches, upwards to sea cliffs and rocky outcroppings, like the jagged pinnacle that serves as the base of the spooky ruins of medieval Dunluce Castle just east of Portrush and west of the Giant’s Causeway. Numerous islets just offshore suggest the

Harry S. Colt.
HARRY S. COLT

coast has been torn by the wave action and winds of the

 

Atlantic. Most remarkable of these is the islet of Carrick-a-Rede, 7 miles east of the Giant’s Causeway, accessible from the mainland by a frightening wire & wood footbridge suspended 80 feet over the crashing breakers. All along the coast, walking paths and scenic roadways provide access to its drama, including some of Ireland’s great swaths of sand dunes land.

 

DUNLUCE COURSE — HOLE #11, "FEATHER BED" — 170 YDS. PAR-3 #18 HANDICAP
The easiest hole at Dunluce for both the men and the ladies is a minefield of hazards: beastly rough,
hills, fairway moguls, pot bunkers, and gulches, all subject to gusting winds and horizontal rain.

          Royal Portrush Golf Club, set among Antrim’s classic dunes land just west of the Giant’s Causeway UN World Heritage Site, is a legendary course of a stature to lure golfing giants. Royal Portrush began its exalted existence rather simply in 1888 as the County Club. It first became “Royal” four years later when the George, Duke of York, and second son of King Edward VII, was made the club’s patron. In another

 

three years, and now with the heir to the

The spooky ruins of medieval Dunluce Castle, just east of Royal Portrush Golf Club. Photo © Home At First.
The spooky ruins of medieval Dunluce
Castle just east of Royal Portrush Golf Club

Photo © Home At First

British throne, the Prince of Wales (and later King George V), as patron, the club name changed to the current Royal Portrush Golf Club.

          The Antrim Coast links has a long tradition of hosting major golf tournaments, starting in 1895 with Ireland’s first professional tourney, and culminating with the 1951 Open Championship (the “British Open”, as it’s known in the States) when the world’s most prestigious golf championship was played away from Britain for the first and (so far) only time. In the heady post-war years, Royal Portrush

 

became ready for the big time by hiring the

legendary Harry S. Colt (co-designer of Pine Valley,

 

America’s top-ranked course) to give the course a makeover, and then celebrated the achievement by hosting the Open.

          Since the early 50s Royal Portrush is a fixture on any comprehensive list of top courses outside of the USA. Golf Digest Ireland currently lists Royal Portrush Dunluce at #13 in the world outside of the USA and #3 in Ireland after Northern Ireland’s Royal County Down and the Irish Republic's Portmarnock, and ahead of world-famous classic Irish links courses at WATERVILLE, BALLYBUNION, and LAHINCH.
          Fifty-plus years of fame have brought intense interest in playing Royal Portrush from golfers around the world. To handle the demand to play Portrush’s elite Dunluce championship course and serve local and casual golfers who still flock to Northern Ireland’s Antrim Coast resorts, Portrush has developed a second eighteen, the
Valley

The hexagonal basalt columns of the Giant's Causeway: a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site. Photo © Home At First.
Hexagonal basalt columns of the Giant's Causeway, a listed World Heritage Site.
Photo © Home At First

Course. This course is less challenging than the

 

Dunluce course in all ways, perhaps especially in its cost per round: less than a third of the considerable cost to play 18 holes at Dunluce.


 

The Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge tests the courage of visitors to the Antrim Coast a few miles east of Royal Portrush Golf Club. Martin Brent Photo courtesy www.britainonview.com.

T

HE REGION: Northern Ireland’s Antrim Coast is

home to geologic wonders, great golf courses, spooky medieval castles (Dunluce Castle, just east of Royal Portrush G.C.), and a notable distillery

(Bushmills, near the entrance to the Giant’s Causeway). Activities include golf (of course), touring, fishing, and walking (the coast path can be done in small sections or all in one go). Home At First's flexible, independent, fly/drive travel program to the Antrim Coast lets you do it all, at your pace, according to your lifestyle, and in line with your budget.

The Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge
tests the courage of visitors to
the Antrim Coast a few miles east
of Royal Portrush Golf Club.

Martin Brent Photo courtesy www.britainonview.com.

 

 


 

 

TRAVEL TO NORTHERN IRELAND: Home At First offers a full-featured fly/drive travel program to County Antrim in Northern Ireland using cottages and apartments in Portrush town and along the Antrim Coast. For details and prices, see: NORTHERN IRELAND.

GETTING THERE: from Home At First’s nearest lodgings in Portrush, drive east on the scenic A2 coast road. The club entrance is on the north side of the A2 (Bushmill’s Road) just outside of town.

TRAVELING TO NORTHERN IRELAND TO PLAY GOLF?
Let Home At First make your advance tee-times at Royal Portrush Golf Club and many other Irish golf courses as part of your pre-reserved Irish trip itinerary. HOME AT FIRST offers independent, flexible, fly/drive travel to Ireland and other great golfing destinations in the British Isles. There’s no extra charge for this service.

Martin Brent Photo, courtesy www.britainonview.com.
Royal Portrush Golf Club is near
Old Bushmills Whiskey Distillery.

Martin Brent Photo courtesy www.britainonview.com.

MORE RESOURCES:
     Golf in Ireland
    
Home At First's
IRELAND travel program.

 

Want to learn about other courses throughout the British Isles
including some of the greatest tests of golf in the world? See our
IRELAND, SCOTLAND, ENGLAND, and WALES
Course Guides for more information.

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